Homeless Sunderland man caught with drugs

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CANNABIS resin was found on a homeless man after he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Police were called to the Norfolk Hotel in Norfolk Street in Sunderland after Mark Broad was evicted in a dispute over a broken TV on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old was arrested after shouting and swearing at officers.

A small lump of cannabis was discovered in his pocket during a search at Gillbridge police station.

Broad pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and possession of a class B drug at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said police found Broad sitting in front of the building at 9.10pm.

“The defendant was slumped outside,” he said, “He was shouting and swearing at anyone who was around him.

“They told the police he had been drinking all day, after being evicted from the hostel for unacceptable behaviour.

“An ambulance was called and he began to clench his fists and wave his arms around.”

Neil Hodgson, defending, said Broad had alcohol problems, but managed to stay out of trouble for years at a time.

He said: “It seems on Saturday there was a dispute, as his TV was not working properly.

“He sat in the lounge and I think his demeanour caused an amount of concern.

“He was put outside and that somewhat upset him, as they ripped his coat.”

Mr Hodgson added that the cannabis had been given to Broad and was for personal use.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until October 12 so the reports could be prepared by the Probation Service.